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Arkansas Reduces Air Toxics with EPA Grant

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30/08/2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $501,837 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to administer the state’s pollution prevention and control program. The program includes ambient monitoring, planning, permitting and compliance activities. ADEQ will also monitor for major pollutants, identifying major and minor sources of air pollution that may be ...

Future Solar Panels

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02/09/2014

The solar panels we see tend to be rigid and black. Organic photovoltaic technology, by contrast, enables more translucent and more flexible solar panels in a range of colours to be manufactured. But this technology needs to meet certain requirements if it is to be accepted on the market: greater efficiency, longer duration and low production cost. So this research has set out “to analyse ...

New Chair of the EEA Management Board takes up duty

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02/09/2014

Mr. Sach has been serving as Chair of the EEA Management Board since 1 September 2008 alongside his duties as Deputy Director-General for European and International Policy in the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. At the end of his mandate Karsten Sach said: “It has been a real pleasure and privilege working with such dedicated and brilliant ...

Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

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01/09/2014

The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving ...

Satellite mapping shows ice caps’ faster melt rate

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02/09/2014

German researchers have established the height of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with greater precision than ever before. And the new maps they have produced show that the ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. The maps, produced with a satellite-mounted instrument, have elevation accuracies to within a few metres. Since Greenland’s ice cap is more than 2,000 metres thick on ...

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

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01/09/2014

The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state would begin regulating its groundwater supply for the first time under the legislative package by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Fran Pavley, ...

E-Scrap 2014: The latest on the CRT crisis

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29/08/2014

Discussion of downstream options for CRT glass — and the associated pricing — has consumed the electronics recycling industry for the past year, and at E-Scrap 2014, the CRT debate will get its due treatment. To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it's headed, the conference will offer a full rundown of the North American processors still standing and those hoping ...

IWMI helps improve livelihoods of resettled community in Mullaitivu

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02/09/2014

Drive carefully along the rutted road. Red soil and sparse vegetation bathed in dust greet you on every side, shimmering in the hot, dry, heat. An occasional village relieves the monotony of the lonely landscape. Here is a stark beauty that defies description. Then, a sudden burst of life. Children, chattering excitedly, run to meet your vehicle, in eager anticipation of a change to the otherwise ...

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